U.K. paybox's spending spree continues

LONDON — BSkyB’s spending spree on U.S. acquisitions shows no sign of running out of steam as it nabs U.K. rights to Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi saga “Terra Nova.”

Show, a highlight of the recent L.A. Screenings, tracks the adventures of the Shannon family as they travel back from the 22nd century to prehistoric times to try to save the human race after Earth’s resources run dry.

Cast includes “Avatar” star Stephen Lang as mission commander Nathaniel Taylor, and Jason O’Mara, featured in the U.S. remake of “Life on Mars,” as Jim Shannon, a devoted father with a complicated past.

The skein, due to bow in the U.S. Sept. 26, will debut on Sky 1 this fall.

Sky 1 director Stuart Murphy said: “‘Terra Nova’ is a huge weekly epic adventure with a family at the center of the action, a community full of tension and rivalries, and some pretty scary dinosaurs.”

It is not known if other British webs were involved in bidding for the show.

Recently the paybox poached “Glee” from Channel 4 and “Nurse Jackie” from the BBC.

Deal was negotiated by BSkyB’s acquisitions topper Sarah Wright and Steve Cornish, senior VP and managing director, 20th Century Fox Television Distribution.

“Terra Nova” is produced by Twentieth Century Fox Television, Chernin Entertainment, DreamWorks Television and Kapital Entertainment.

Steven Spielberg, Peter Chernin, Brannon Braga, Rene Echevarria, Jon Cassar, Aaron Kaplan, Katherine Pope, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Craig Silverstein and Kelly Marcel are executive producers on the show.

Alex Graves was also an executive producer and helmed the series preview.

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